Decrease in current immigration backlogs to just over 2.4 million applications is a positive step towards fulfilling the ambitious Immigration Levels Plan 2023-25.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) record application backlogs for Canadian immigration – Permanent residence, Temporary residence, and Citizenship – in the inventory.
The public tracker of Canada’s immigration inventory was updated only till September 30, 2022, at the time of our reporting. However, the updated inventory count as of November 03, 2022, was provided by IRCC to CIC News via email.
2,411,388 people are waiting for decisions relating to their status for Canadian immigration, as of November 3.
Further, the immigration category-wise breakdown is as follows:
- The inventory as of November 3 for permanent residence applicants stands at 506,421, a slight increase over October 3 standings at 505,562.
- The temporary residence inventory as of November 3 showed a significant decline at 1,537,566 people, compared to 1,651,649 persons as of October 3.
- The citizenship inventory stands at 331,401 applicants as of October 31, compared to 351,964 on October 3.
IRCC is working to decrease the overall backlog to accommodate more newcomers, for example over 465,000 new immigrants by the end of 2023.
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How much are Express Entry & PNP Application Backlogs?
There are 39,589 Express Entry applications waiting in the queue as of November 03, 2022.
The PNP has an inventory of 62,073 applications, both base, and enhanced provincial programs combined.
IRCC held 10 all-program Express Entry draws for Canada PR since July, after limiting its scope due to the public health emergency during the pandemic.
Canada held program-specific draws inviting only those with prior provincial nominations or Canadian work experience, most likely already present in the country to qualify for permanent residency.
IRCC may soon go back to its pre-pandemic service standard of processing most Express Entry applications within six months.
Family-Class & Temporary Residence Programs Application Backlogs
The overall backlog under family-class immigration programs has increased to 128,112, compared to October 3 when it was 125,488.
The Spouses and Partners program is bulging 61,118 applicants, while 55,653 persons are waiting for decisions under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)
Effective July 4, IRCC is implementing reforms that will allow certain parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up to seven years per entry under the Super Visa.
Overall Canada Immigration Application Inventory
The inventory across all lines of business has progressed as follows since July 2021:
- November 3, 2022: 2,411,388 persons
- September 30, 2022: 2,600,000 persons (figure rounded by IRCC)
- August 31, 2022: 2,583,827 persons
- July 15-17, 2022: 2,679,031 persons
- June 1-6, 2022: 2,387,884 persons
- April 30-May 2, 2022: 2,130,385 persons
- April 11-12, 2022: 2,031,589 persons
- March 15 and 17, 2022: 1,844,424 persons
- February 1, 2022: 1,815,628 persons
- December 15, 2021: 1,813,144 persons
- October 27, 2021: 1,792,404 persons
- July 6, 2021: 1,447,474 persons
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